Welcome to my official blog as Miss Teenage Surrey 2016! I’m so excited to share my experiences with all of you throughout this year long journey. I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I’ve been crowned Miss Teenage Surrey 2016, yet the feelings of excitement and disbelief are still lingering.
Pageant weekend was whirlwind experience and since then I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the emotions that I experienced over the course of those two days; nervousness, excitement, and happiness.
Nervousness: Nervousness is a feeling that is often unwelcome but inevitable, especially in situations where you don’t necessarily know what to expect. This was a recurring feeling that I had during the weeks leading up to and during pageant weekend. In the days leading up to the pageant I remember having butterflies in my stomach as it was my first time participating in an event like this, and scenes of falling on my face on stage or choking during the interview that were playing on loop in my head really weren’t helping me channel inner waves of calm.
Nervousness is a feeling that is often unwelcome but inevitable, especially in situations where you don’t necessarily know what to expect.
So what does a second year university student do in situations like this?
I mean research!
I spent my study breaks googling “what to expect at a pageant” and messaging past title holders over Facebook about their experiences. The common answers I received were: “Just be yourself”, “Enjoy the experience”, and “Be confident.”
I kept these mantras in mind during the times when feelings of nervousness were in high gear, and slowly the feelings of discomfort associated with nervousness began to change into a new feeling; excitement.
Excitement: This is definitely one of those feelings that I can never get tired of; the adrenaline coursing through my body, my mind having a million thoughts per second, and my heart pounding in my chest…
WAIT! This sounds a lot like nervousness. Well the emotions are very similar; they both have the same physical symptoms. But they’re labelled as different emotions which leads to a different outlook. I learned to set the butterflies in my stomach free, and use them to fly. I was able to get over my nerves by simply labelling the physical signs as feelings of excitement. Suddenly, I was excited to make new friends, I was excited to absolutely rock my interview, and I was excited to go out on stage no matter what the outcome, because this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I learned to set the butterflies in my stomach free, and use them to fly.
By changing my appraisal of the situation, I was able to enjoy my first pageant experience wholeheartedly. I broke out of my comfort zone, and really embraced what the experience had to offer, which were 20 new
friends sisters, new memories, and most importantly an increase in self confidence.
Happiness: Happiness is an indispensable emotion. It’s a feeling that we crave, and try to recreate repeatedly throughout our lives. Thankfully, it was something I experienced over and over again with increased intensity during pageant weekend.
If I were asked to describe the experience in one word I would simply say Fun. I remember thinking to myself “This is one of the most fun experiences that I’ve had in a long time.” I had such a great time learning how to walk on stage, dance the opening number, and get to know 20 other amazing and talented girls from all over the province.
Happiness is an indispensable emotion. It’s a feeling that we crave, and try to recreate repeatedly throughout our lives.
In all honesty, I think it was the girls that really made this experience truly unforgettable. Each and everyone of them had their own talents, stories, and interests that they are so passionate about.
The Miss Teenage British Columbia Regional Pageant was definitely one of those experiences that I will never forget. I was able to meet and bond with twenty other amazing girls from all over the province, and I am still so grateful to have been chosen as one of the finalists to represent BC at the Miss Teenage Canada National pageant held in Toronto this July.
As I embark on this new adventure as Miss Teenage Surrey 2016, I am profoundly more excited and happy. I look forward to sharing my future experiences with you all during my reign.
Until next time,
Miss Teenage Surrey 2016